In September 2008,Wei-Ling Gallery hosts one of the most-awaited exhibitions on their calender, a solo exhibition and re-launch of the iconic contemporary Malaysian artist Zulkifli Yusoff.
It has been eight years since Zulkifli Yusoff held a solo exhibition of his works in Malaysia and this exhibition promises to deliver some of his most provocative artworks to date. Using a combination of media in a layered format, including a blend of silk-screen, painting, photographic transfers, drawings, embossing and fibreglass, Zulkifli’s new works draw direct reference to historical and current events that have made a mark on Malaysian society. He was particularly inspired by the book written by Frank Swettenham in the 19th century entitled ‘Malay Sketches’, and has expanded on a number of the themes in the book in his new paintings.
Zulkifli Yusoff has been hailed as one of Malaysia’s most cutting-edge contemporary artists. Over the last twenty years, he has been recognized both locally and internationally for his thought-provoking artworks and his ability to capture and document the essence of the society within which he lives. His monumental works have been collected extensively throughout the region, and can be found in the permanent collections of the National Art Gallery and Galeri Petronas in Malaysia, the Singapore Art Museum, and the Fukuoka Museum of Art and the Hiroshima Art Museum in Japan
Zulkifli Yusoff is a versatile artist who expresses himself through many different mediums ranging from painting and drawing to print-making, sculpture and installation. Over the years he has committed himself towards exploring all these areas, never limiting himself to one particular form of expression. He has been acknowledged with numerous accolades and awards over the years, and was the recipient of the Young Contemporary Award for two consecutive years in 1988 and 1989. He was also the second Malaysian after Ibrahim Husssein to represent Malaysia at the prestigiousVenice Biennale in 1997.
Zulkifli Yusoff is a force to be reckoned with and is truly one of Malaysia’s national treasures.
The exhibition entitled ICONS, debuts at Wei-Ling Gallery from September 8th – 30th September 2008. Wei-Ling Gallery is located at No.8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, 50470, Malaysia.
To commemorate this momentous exhibition, Wei Ling Gallery will be publishing a book to document the works of Zulkifli Yusoff which is kindly sponsored by UOB